22 May 2015
PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England announce Spotify as their exclusive digital partner at Liverpool Sound City
PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England are delighted to announce Spotify as the Momentum Music Fund’s exclusive digital partner.
Launched in May 2013, Momentum provides vital financial support to help talented artists and bands - offering career-boosting grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 at a crucial time in their professional development.
The Arts Council England fund, which is managed by PRS for Music Foundation, has al-ready benefitted 68 of this country’s most exciting artists in these first two years - helping support 46 albums and more than 50 UK tours. Given the unprecedented demand and an increasingly high standard of applications, both Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation doubled their investment in the fund for 2015-16.
Spotify’s involvement will further extend Momentum’s impact, with an additional funding contribution, alongside a reward package containing exciting promotional opportunities. Momentum artists will enjoy a close relationship working with the Spotify team and will benefit from access to tools, features and best practices that will enable them to connect with Spotify's 60 million active users across 58 markets globally.
Announcing the partnership at Liverpool Sound City, Joe Frankland, Industry Fund Man-ager at PRS for Music Foundation, said: “This is a game changing development for Momentum. The demand so far from artists has been off the scale, but the level of Spotify’s involvement will massively enhance what the fund can deliver.”
Bryan Johnson, Spotify’s Artist Ambassador said:
“We’re very pleased to be partnering with PRS for Music Foundation and the Arts Council England on the Momentum Fund. This is another example of how Spotify is committed to investing in emerging artists by providing promotional value and expertise, as well as fi-nancial assistance. Artists are at the heart of what we do here at Spotify, and we hope that our contribution will allow all those involved in the Momentum Fund to take the vital next steps in their careers.”
Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England said:
“Partnership is essential to the vigour of the arts and cultural sector, and organisations and artists are increasingly discovering the value of linking with commercial partners. As we
know, digital platforms are an essential tool for new artists, enabling them to connect with their existing fan base whilst exposing them to wider audiences. This partnership with
Spotify will further increase the benefits and support that artists receive from the Momentum Music Fund.”
A panel discussion “The Momentum Music Fund - The Story So Far” will take place at Liverpool Sound City today at 1.45pm - moderated by XFM’s Mike Walsh and featuring speakers Laura Bettinson (aka FEMME), Andy Rossiter (manager for LoneLady), Becky Hawley (Stealing Sheep), Joe Frankland (PRS for Music Foundation) and Bryan Johnson (Spotify).
This is followed by a Momentum Showcase, featuring four acts supported by the fund, at Liverpool Sound City’s Cavern Stage on Saturday May 23rd - with performances by FEMME, Attaque, LoneLady and All We Are.
For further information please contact:
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Alison Bonny - firstname.lastname@example.org / 07802 430276
Notes to Editors
About Momentum Music Fund
Managed by PRS for Music Foundation, the Momentum Music Fund awards grants of £5,000-£15,000 using public funding from Arts Council England, in association with Spotify. Momentum provides vital financial support which will help talented artists and bands to take their career to another level. Activities eligible for support include recording, writing, touring and marketing.
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About PRS for Music Foundation
PRS for Music Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music across all genres. Since 2000 PRS for Music Foundation has given more than £20 million to over 5,000 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS for Music Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to festivals and showcases in the UK and overseas.
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About Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to col-lections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about our-selves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.
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Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 30 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to every-one, wherever and whenever you want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal. Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than US$2bn to rights hold-ers. Spotify is now the second biggest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe, and the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally.
About PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.